Who Will Be There For You When You Are Beaten Down?

As you may or may not know, I am a Christian Life Coach and Counselor. I have met with people, who were at such low points in life that they just could not gather the strength or initiative to pray.

Have you ever been so deep in the quagmire that you just don’t have the words to pray? We can pray with groaning in our spirit and He hears our cry. We don’t have to use our voices and words. Sometimes we are so low, we just don’t have the words, but Holy Spirit does! And Holy Spirit will intercede for us!

Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (ESV)

At this point, I am reminded of that poem, Footprints. The actual author is disputed because many have claimed to author this allegorical poem. Not at all my point today, but Wikipedia says:

(This popular text describes an experience in which a person is walking on a beach with God. They leave two sets of footprints in the sand behind them. Looking back, the tracks represent various stages of their life. At various points, the two trails dwindle to one, especially at the lowest and most hopeless moments of the person’s life. When questioning God, believing that the Lord must have abandoned His love during those times, God gives the explanation: “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”)

This is not actual Scripture but it states perfectly what I think about when people, including myself, experience when at those low points. And there are plenty of Scripture that remind us that He is with us and knows our needs, even before we are able to put them to words. Matthew 6:8, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (NIV)

Are you in a place of deep despair? Take heart and be encouraged!

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5 Encouraging Truths To Guide You In The New Year (Guest Post Today)

I have had the privilege of guest posting again and today I’m on Patty’s Blog at GloriousWithinHer.com

Patty is a teacher turned stay-at-home mom who loves the Lord, her husband, Matthew, and son, Solomon. She loves being a mother and wife, teaching, devouring delicious dishes, saving money, and continually creating an intentional, Christ-focused dwelling place for her family.

You can find my guest post here and I hope you are encouraged for the New Year!

 

My First Time As a Guest on Another Blogger’s Site!

Hey friends, this is the very first time I have been invited to guest blog on someone else’s blog site. I’m really blessed to have this opportunity.

Please check it out and be sure to check out my friends blog as well. She’s a young woman with a lot of Godly wisdom. Elizabeth Hope Semones

Where Do You Find Confidence?

 

Where are angels when we need them?

warrior-angelI believe angels are sent to protect us. They are commanded by King Jesus to direct affairs and protect us from the enemy who would want us to turn from Him just because we experience tough times.

For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully; and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”…Luke 4:10, 11

Let me share a recent experience of mine which included angels commanded by God to protect me from harm.

I was getting off the interstate onto a familiar road, looking left, then right, then left again….you know how that goes? I was careful that my path was clear before pulling off the exit ramp turning left onto the road.

All of a sudden, I heard vehicles collide, before even seeing them. What I did see were two vans skidding across the road toward me. Now, mind you, I drive a Nissan Versa. So I was frozen in time in those few seconds as they are moving closer toward me. My thoughts were that the one van would hit me and I was braced for impact. This all happened so quickly, that I had no time even to think about backing up or otherwise get out of the way.

Then, just as suddenly, the one van directly headed for me stopped as if something invisible caused to it come to a complete and sudden stop. That vehicle was so close to mine that I had to back up to open my car.

I sensed an angel between my car and the oncoming van, holding it back. Yes, that was a moment in time I will never forget. And yes, I believe God commands His angels to do battle for us, even in the smallest of issues.

Having said all of the above, I often wonder why me and that time? Why does it seem as if sometimes angels are sent and sometimes they are not? God is Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipresent (all present), and Omnipotent (all powerful). He sees the bigger picture. He knows there are more of His children affected in any given situation than we are individually aware. I just have to trust that He knows what is needed at any given moment in time for each of us.

I don’t believe this takes away from the fact that He loves each and every one of us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. And the Work of the Cross covers all of our human error which apparently caused the car wreck from which I barely escaped.

 

How do you deal with trials?

Our family is once again experiencing trials of epic proportions. This summer has been one trial after another. I became very sick with a condition that has been building over many years. I’ve lost 35 pounds since October 2015, but most of that weight was lost between March and beginning of August of this year.  I’m definitely happy to have lost weight and I’m still trying to eat healthy so even though my health is improving, I would like to continue to lose down to a new goal.

In January our family experienced another stressful setback.

Next thing that happened my brother had emergency surgery about six weeks ago for a life-threatening situation. He survived and is recovering well.

Now we have news again that the stressful situation from January is rearing its ugly head again.

So last night I woke up about 1:30 a.m. and could not get back to sleep with all this stuff swirling around my head. And I’m sure I’m not the only family member who lost sleep. It’s still pre-dawn so I don’t want to start calling or texting.

I finally chose to read my bible and found Job 1:13-19. Each of those verses starts with the previous report still being made to Job about something catastrophic which just happened. Each verse starting with 14 starts with “While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news:…”

Wow, talk about being bombarded with bad news one right after the other. At least I have had some sort of a reprieve between each episode of bad news.

I know our family will get through this, just as Job eventually was blessed for his faith in God through all those catastrophes, even the loss of his children.

I don’t know about you, but I see those people from the Bible stories lived the same kind of lives we live, they had the same doubts, the same reactions to trouble, the same heart wounds that we experience today. But, in the end, they put their faith in knowing God was their provider, He was their healer, and He was the restorer of all that was lost. And I find great comfort in that.

With much difficulty and in my misery and insomnia, I fell back on another Scripture which helps me focus on the good days past and the ones ahead. The days of blessings from my Father.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT

Now I was ready to doze off for a couple of hours. Thank you, Father, for giving us your Word to help in times of trial and tribulation.

How Do You Share Your Faith?

Do you believe you are special and created with a special personality makeup by the Creator, Himself? It’s true; He took special care in creating you. Look at Psalm 139 for a start. There are others which talk about how He knew us even before we were born. That resonates special with me. We each are made in His image, which means our personalities are a small part of who He is. Now as we grow into adults, things happen which affect how we manifest those unique personality attributes. Sometimes we need help to reach deep within the rubble of hurts, wounds, and misconceptions to get to the person that God created in us. And of course, we need to submit to His teaching and training.

Have you ever taken a personality test such as a Meyers-Briggs? There are other great testings out there as well, but I happen to really like this one. I’ve taken this test 3 times in the past 30 years, and I’ve come away with the same personality result. Can I tell you how it felt to be understood? I had a unique personality type which according to this particular test is rare. Some explanations say the INFJ type is found in only 3% of the population. Most others reviews at least say it is rare. So my feelings of not being who God made me to be, were wrong. He created me with this personality type. So now I’m free to be me! How awesome is that! Same for you. Get to know who God created you to be by studying His Word as a start. If you need help to get there, go for it!

So what does this have to do with sharing our faith? We are commanded to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” in Matthew 28:19. The part of teaching is also translated into discipling in some versions. When we teach, we are using our personality type and experiences to share how God has worked in our lives. We all experience some hurts, woundings, bad experiences and wrong thoughts imposed on us. But what we can share is how God has helped us work through these things to become more of the person He planned for us. Yes, many times He uses other Christians to help us on our Journey.

What I’m saying here is we all have a different style in sharing our faith. We don’t need to criticize whether someone is doing it different than we are, and we don’t need to condemn ourselves because we think we may not have all those memorized verses handy, or a great oratorical speech or a charismatic approach. God can use us wherever we are in our Journey. The point is to share how He has helped along your journey.

God bless and enjoy your journey, knowing God’s hand is in it at all times.

What Is Your Purpose?

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I’m always looking for ways, including Scriptures which speak to our purpose. “What am I supposed to do with my life?” This is a question I hear all the time from my coaching clients. My husband and I are in a season of life with grown, married children and six beautiful grandchildren. We definitely had a purpose when we were raising our sons. Both of us wanted to give them a sure foundation so they would grow up to be the men God created them to be. “So now what?” you might be asking.

I have found purpose in using past trials, hurts, and heart wounds to help others find their purpose. That is my purpose for this season of my life.

Reading and studying what God’s Word says about purpose is quite time-consuming but a worthy cause. We know God created us for himself. He delights in us, and we are to reflect his Glory. If we are believers in Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross, we are commanded to share that Gospel message.

In addition to the generalized purposes for us and a reason for our birth, I believe God has a distinct purpose for each of us. He gave us individual personalities. We are all different in what motivates us. We each have differing spiritual gifts. And at the end of it all, we use our individualities to accomplish the purposes of our Creator.

Our distinct purpose can be used to bring others to an understanding of their Creator.
Some verses which speak to individual purpose are:

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16

“We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.” Proverbs 16:1

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

“But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,” Acts 26:16

And there are many more. Just do a google search on Bible verses which speak about purpose.

So yes, our purpose is intertwined with God’s purpose for us and why we were created. Bottom line, we were not created just to be born, live our lives, and then die. We each are to make an impact for God on this earth with everything and everyone He created.

So I’d like to leave you with these thoughts and a challenge to search Scripture for the many verses which speak to our purpose on earth.